A resource is any personal talent or outside supply that can be tapped for help or support.

Resource comes from an old French word meaning "relief" or "recovery," which certainly ties in with the idea of a resource being something that offers necessary aid. However, the word resource also refers to the natural resources available in and on our Earth — things that we are constantly drawing on and depleting, such as our trees, ores, and atmosphere. Once such a natural resource is used up, it’s usually gone forever, and is no longer a resource.

Definitions of resource

n a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed

“the local library is a valuable resource
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aid, assistance, help
a resource
recourse, refuge, resort
something or someone turned to for assistance or security
the quality of being able to cope with a difficult situation
inner resource
a resource provided by the mind or one's personal capabilities
refuge from danger or observation
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asset, plus
a useful or valuable quality

n available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

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natural resource, natural resources
resources (actual and potential) supplied by nature
labor resources
resources of available manpower
bread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, support, sustenance
the financial means whereby one lives
backing, financial backing, financial support, funding, support
financial resources provided to make some project possible
ways and means
resources available to meet expenses (especially legislation for raising revenue for a government)
land resources
natural resources in the form of arable land
mineral resources
natural resources in the form of minerals
renewable resource
any natural resource (as wood or solar energy) that can be replenished naturally with the passage of time
amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts
things that make you comfortable and at ease
means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket
a source of income or livelihood
minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
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anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

n the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

“a man of resource
imagination, resourcefulness
armory, armoury, inventory
a collection of resources
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cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness
the power of creative imagination

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